Posted: Oct 25, 2010 11:30 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 25, 2010 11:30 AM
Six years after being accused of shooting her wealthy ex-husband Alan Waters after a dispute over money and the custody of their children, Jan Waters has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his death.
Waters entered the plea this morning in downtown Baton Rouge before jury selection was to begin in her second-degree murder trial.
Sentencing was scheduled for December 16, and as part of the plea deal Waters agreed to at least 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors had originally charged Waters with first-degree murder for the 2004 shooting. That charge was later reduced to second-degree murder, and Waters has been out of jail on bond since 2007.
This has been one of the longest-pending murder cases in the 19th District Court.
Police say Alan Waters was shot and killed as he stepped out of the shower in May 2004. Waters had claimed she was at a hotel on her way to New Orleans during the time frame police believe Alan Waters was killed.
Prosecutors said they had witnesses, cell-phone records and receipts from a Baton Rouge hotel that showed she was in Baton Rouge at the time of the killing.